SCHENECTADY – The opening play of Schenectady Civic Players‘ 90th Anniversary Season, Fifth of July, by Lanford Wilson and directed by Joseph Fava, opens Friday, October 13, and runs through Sunday, October 22, at its 12 South Church Street Playhouse in Schenectady’s historic Stockade district.
Fifth of July, Lanford Wilson’s classic play, is a witty and clear-eyed examination of the disillusionment of flower children in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. A group of formerly idealistic friends gather in rural Missouri at the sprawling farmhouse home of Ken, a legless Vietnam veteran, and his lover, Jed, a horticulturist. They are old friends from college days and former activists who agitated for what they hoped would be a better world. Their talk, as the play progresses, is sharp and funny and, in the final essence, deeply revealing of lost hopes and dreams and of the bitterness that must be fought back if one is to perceive the good that life can offer.
The play premiered on Broadway in 1980 starring Christopher Reeve as Ken, Jeff Daniels as Jed, and Swoosie Kurtz as Gwen, and was later produced as a made-for-television movie.
The Civic Players cast features Michael Glantzis (as Ken), Andrew Vroman as (Jed), Cristine M. Loffredo (as Gwen), Robin MacDuffie (as John), Joanne Westervelt (as Sally), Sara Paupini (as June), Sarah Durocher as (Shirley), and David Quinones (as Weston).
Fifth of July runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (October 13, 14, & 15) and Wednesday through Sunday (October 18 through 22). Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8 P.M., Wednesday and Thursday curtains are at 7:30 P.M., and Sundays are matinees only at 2:30 P.M. The play contains adult language and mature themes. Parental discretion is advised.
Tickets are $20. Order on-line at www.civicplayers.org or call (518) 382-2081. There is still time to subscribe to Civic Players’ entire five-play season (five plays for $60 – 5 plays for the price of 3). Just call (518) 382-2081.